Waati / Time

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Countries: Mali
Year: 1995
Running Time: 140 min.
Language: English, Bambara, Dioula and French

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One of the contemporary cinema’s finest artists, Souleymane Cissé has created a remarkable, epic portrait of Africa today. Waati is the story of Nandi, a South African girl living under apartheid. Yearning to be free, Nandi leaves her homeland and heads west; her journey takes her to Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Namibia, moving from childhood to adulthood while she discovers a continent that is still searching for an identity.

About the Director

Souleymane Cissé

cisseBiography: Born in Bamako, Mali in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information’s film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature in the Bambara language. It was immediately banned by the government. Then followed Baara (Work) in 1977, Finye (The Wind) in 1982, and his masterpiece Yeelen (Brightness), Prix du Jury in Cannes in 1987. His film Waati (Time) was also selected for Cannes in 1995. An admired and respected filmmaker, Cissé is also Founding President of the Union of West African Cinema and Audiovisual Designers and Entrepreneurs and devotes his energy to developing an economically viable African audiovisual industry.

(Source: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/artist/id/100.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baara [Work] (2008);
Finye [The Wind] (1996, 1997);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1993);
Waati [Time] (1996).

Filmography:
L’Aspirant (1968);
Source d’inspiration (1968);
Dégal at Dialloubé (1970);
The Sanké Celebration (1971);
Five Days in a Life (1972);
Den Muso [The Young Girl] (1975);
L’Homme et ses idoles (1975);
Baara [Work] (1977);
Traditional Singers of the Seychelles (1978);
Finye [The Wind] (1982);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1987);
Waati [Time] (1995);
Tell Me Who You Are (2009).